Review & Outlook: The Road to a Downgrade – WSJ.com


Folks, I just can’t say it any better than this.

Review & Outlook: The Road to a Downgrade – WSJ.com.

Then came Mr. Obama, arguably the most spendthrift president in history. He inherited a recession and responded by blowing up the U.S. balance sheet. Spending as a share of GDP in the last three years is higher than at any time since 1946. In three years the debt has increased by more than $4 trillion thanks to stimulus, cash for clunkers, mortgage modification programs, 99 weeks of jobless benefits, record expansions in Medicaid, and more.

The forecast is for $8 trillion to $10 trillion more in red ink through 2021. Mr. Obama hinted in a press conference earlier this month that if it weren’t for Republicans, he’d want another stimulus. Scary thought: None of this includes the ObamaCare entitlement that will place 30 million more Americans on government health rolls.

 

Let’s put it this way. If you have a chunk of money to invest, or at least keep from losing, who are you going to trust? The financial experts with skin in the game at WSJ, or the Obama sycophants at HuffyPost?

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A new twist on an old fable


The ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

This one is a little different. Two different versions; two different morals.

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:

Be responsible for yourself!

MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green..’

ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome”.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid  exclaim in an interview with Wolf Blitzer that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of  the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having  nothing left to  pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government  Green Czar and given  to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t  maintain it.

The ant has  disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper  is found  dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over  by a gang of spiders who terrorize and ramshackle, the once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be careful how you vote in 2012.

Emergency managers bill sweeps toward final approval | Michigan Messenger


  1. I’m not from Michigan.
  2. As an independent conservative, I identify with the issues the Tea Party is fighting against and support most of the platform’s ideas.
  3. I don’t know if I can trust the article below, even if it’s local (I don’t know Michigan local rags enough to know their bias)
  4. Unions are talking a lot in this article.

Though Gov. Rick Snyder says he is not interested in hurting unions, yesterday’s Senate approval of a package that gives Emergency Managers complete power over financially troubled towns and school districts means he will soon be asked to sign off on measures that are expected to eliminate union jobs across the state.

In a party line vote, and despite impassioned speeches of protest by the body’s Democratic minority, the Michigan Senate approved legislation that threatens to take over and even dissolve local governments that refuse to balance their budgets by breaking labor contracts.

According to the law, which has already been approved in the House, the governor will be able to declare “financial emergency” in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services.

Under the law whole cities or school districts could be eliminated without any public participation or oversight, and amendments designed to provide minimal safeguards and public involvement were voted down.

via Emergency managers bill sweeps toward final approval | Michigan Messenger.

But…

If it’s indeed true that a Republican state governor is talking about signing away the right of the people to vote and choose how they will be governed state-wide as well as locally, even in an “emergency”, then let me be the first “Tea Partier” to stand against him in this decision.

I’m waiting to see what the real facts are, and for non-leftist media to have their say, before I make my decision about where I stand.

But to the extent that this is true, couldn’t we say that Republicans are just playing by the new rules of the game, unilateral power grabs, as instituted by the Pelosi Congress, the Harry Reid Senate and the Obama presidency?

Thank about that.

And now, a word from a REAL Constitutional scholar


The Constitutional Moment: Judge Vinson introduces ObamaCare to Madison and Marshall

Unlike Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia, who also found ObamaCare to be unconstitutional, Judge Vinson addresses the Administration’s fallback argument that the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause justifies the law even if the Commerce Clause doesn’t. He writes that this clause “is not an independent source of federal power” and “would vitiate the enumerated powers principle.” In other words, the clause can’t justify inherently unconstitutional actions.

I’m thinkin’,

DUH!

Did it really take all this hassle and division and power-grabbing to come around to a ruling that amounts to a 7th grade civics lesson? And the ruling, in favor of 26 states, was only 78 pages long, not 2,300!

Apparently for the Constitutional-Scholar-In-Chief, it’s time for some “judicial review” of the basic principles of the Constitution. And brevity.

The Illinois Family Institute Voter’s Guide


I’m reposting the Illinois Family Institute voter’s guide because I’ve found it to be a great help in figuring out which candidates will represent my values. I hope it helps you in determining who you’ll vote for as well. No matter which “side of the aisle” you vote from, it’s important for every voter to be an informed voter.

No more of this, please:

http://www.youtube.com/v/mm1KOBMg1Y8?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&hd=1

Or this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/P36x8rTb3jI?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&hd=1

Or this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/rgfA2b9YSag?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&hd=1

Need I say more?

Unemployment Like a Cancer Grows


The progression of this map of unemployment over the past 3 years is staggering. We may not be able to fix stupid, but we can vote it out.